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Joseph A. Lapin

Cabbies Push Back Against Uber and Lyft

It was a Friday night in June when former Lyft driver Yago Rodriguez picked up four women in Santa Monica outside the Buffalo Club and unknowingly drove his vehicle into a sly game of bumper cars. Rodriguez (who has asked not to be identified by name) was about to pull......

Lit the Beach

Imagine a night in Santa Monica, circa 1926. See a white mansion overlooking a relatively untouched Pacific Ocean. You look around and Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and Greta Garbo are chilling in black-and-white. (Let's be real, they never really existed in color.) This description summons the beginnings of the Annenberg......

The Stage is Where the PEN Is

Where are you going to be this Memorial Day Weekend? Maybe the beach? Just think about the war over parking and the crowds fighting over beach territory. Or maybe Uncle Bert's family barbeque? Take a second to remember the mustard stuck to Uncle Bert's lips as he reminisces about the......

Hearse 'n' Verse

Imagine it's a rainy January night at a coffee shop in Hollywood. You're at a poetry open-mic night, expecting old women to read cat poetry, when suddenly Sylvia Plath walks to the stage lost in thoughts of "fetid wombs" and "indefatigable hoof-taps" to read from Ariel. Or imagine you just......